Poppy's Puppet by Patricia Lee Gauch

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Poppy creates magical puppets whose personalities are determined by what Poppy 'hears' in the wood before he carves it. When he takes his puppets on the road, their show becomes famous throughout the land.

But one day Poppy impatiently shapes a ballerina puppet, Clarinda, from a piece of wood without listening carefully to the wood's message. Clarinda will not perform--and almost ruins the show--until Poppy discovers her secret wish.

About Patricia Lee Gauch

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Author and editor Patricia Lee Gauch was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 3, 1934. She received a B. A. in English Literature from Miami University in Ohio, a M. A. in Teaching from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, and a Doctorate in English Literature from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Before she began writing children's books, she was a newspaper reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal and freelanced for the Detroit Free Press. She has written over thirty children's books, which have received critical acclaim as well as numerous awards and citations. In 1985, she became the Editor-in-Chief of Philomel Books and was the editor for Caldecott Medal winners Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and Lon Po Po by Ed Young, as well as the Caldecott Honor winner Seven Blind Mice, also by Ed Young. She has taught children's literature at Rutgers University and Drew University and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times. She is currently the Vice-President and Editorial Director of Philomel Books and lives in Hyde Park, New York. Satomi Ichikawa was born in Gihu, Japan, and moved to Paris in the 1970s. She is known for the warmth and charm she brings to her characters and has won numerous awards for her book illustrations. Satomi is perhaps best known in the United States as the illustrator of Dance, Tanya by Patricia Gauch.
Published September 15, 1999 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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As Poppy's band of marionettes expands, he ""always listened to the wood, and he always discovered who and what each marionette wanted to be."" One day he doesn't listen, however, and determines to make a ballerina from a piece of teakwood.

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